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Return on Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win by Fred Kiel

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Introduction

“A leader should stay legal, but beyond that, it’s the person who is hard-nosed, doesn’t succumb to soft HR practices, and ruthlessly controls costs who creates the most value!”

“A good business model is what creates value, and a good business model can survive a period of poor leadership.”

“If a business makes a lot of money, it will attract good talent and all the culture stuff will follow.”

Being cynical is easy when it comes to the topic of character’s role in business leadership. Just seeing the words character and business leadership in the same sentence brings to mind a seemingly unending list of ineffective leaders who periodically sweep through the business world, draining organizations of all real value, leaving nothing ...

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